Health officials have announced a new Zika zone in Miami — a setback less than a month after declaring the nearby Wynwood neighborhood cleared of the virus following aggressive mosquito spraying. Five people have been infected with Zika in a one-square-mile area of the city just north of the Little Haiti neighborhood and about three miles north of Wynwood, according to a statement from Gov. Rick Scott's office. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that pregnant women should avoid travel to the new outbreak area, and they should consider postponing nonessential travel to the rest of Miami Dade.
We're not yet at the end of mosquito season, so we might continue to see local transmission going on for a little while yet.CDC spokesman Tom Skinner
These are the first such areas of transmission confirmed in the continental U.S., following major outbreaks of the disease across Latin America. Zika symptoms are so mild that most people who get it don't feel sick, but the disease can cause severe brain-related birth defects if a pregnant woman is infected. Zika infections have been reported in over 1,020 people in Florida, the vast majority of them related to travel to affected areas outside the country. Miami-Dade County has the largest share of the state's burden, with more travel-related Zika infections than any other Florida county. Health officials have so far traced 105 cases to three Miami-area infection zones. Scott has directed another $7.4 million in state funding to hire more mosquito control staff and pay for more pesticide spraying in Miami-Dade County.
We have seen that aggressive mosquito control efforts have worked in areas like Wynwood, and we hope the county also aggressively sprays in this area so we can limit the spread of this virus and protect pregnant women and their growing babies.Gov. Scott